Gresham (age four) bounds up to me with a gigantic smile he can barely talk through. “I learned my bible verses!”
“Great!” I say, “Tell them to me.”
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…and to the a Publix for which it stands, one nation under God with justice and livery for all.”
“What’s the other bible verse?” I ask, hoping it’s not the preamble to the Constitution.
“For God so loved the world that he gave up his only son so whoever believes in Him won’t perish but will have everlasting life. John 3:16”
“Good job!” I say, sparing him a lesson on allegiance. For now knowing the pledge is merely an exercise in memory power for him, not a division of his citizenship between the Kingdom and America. And knowing God loves the whole world will hopefully keep it from becoming anything more.